Devonshire Clotted Cream Fudge

I’d not been successful at making fudge before. At least the kind that I’m used to. Not the Americanized ‘fudge’. But I found this video on Youtube and thought I’d take another stab at it. This chef has another video on how to make clotted cream, and that’s the step I need to get better at. Anyway, they turned out amazingly!

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They are so rich and bursting with flavour, you’ll want to savour these for a long time.

I set up the clotted cream overnight, then whipped up the fudge pretty quick in the morning. It didn’t take long at all. You will need a sugar thermometer though if you want to be accurate.

Let me know if you give them a try!

Traveling Quilt Bee interest??

I would love to participate in a traveling quilt swap, and I’m looking for interested swappers! If you would be interested, or have a suggestion for the swap, fill out this form. I’d love some feedback!

A few of my faves that I’ve come across…

bee-blocksTraveling Bee / Round Robin Quilt made by the Circle 7 bee members

TQ01Found at Piece and Press

traveling4Found at Tallgrass Prairie Studio

I love the thought of starting something beautiful and have other people’s ideas blossom into something amazing that I never would have thought of doing.

I’m game… are you?!

I did it again… more kids!

I so intended to bring blogging back into my life, but, life had other plans. As always! A new shipment of foster kids arrived (I don’t mean that to sound offensive… More like happy mail!) in the form of three sweet kiddos: a 9 yr old girl, 2 yr old boy and sweet 8 month old girl. They are SOOOOO cute! I don’t like to post a picture so soon, so you’ll just have to believe me. CUTIES!

Anyway, despite the *minor* disruption😉 I have made a little progress on my Campside shawl…

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I have to finish off the last section of eyelets, them I’m on to the edging. So excited to wear this on the cooler autumnal evenings.

Cath Kidston Sew Together Bag

I. love. this. bag.

This is the second bag from this pattern that I’ve made, and I love it! I don’t usually buy a lot of bag/pouch patterns because I find they don’t quite fit the purpose I’m trying to achieve. Instead I get inspired and muddle through coming up with my own creation. But seeing all the pictures of this bag on instagram and various blogs, there’s not a lot about it that I don’t like.

The bag is so spacious, useful for many things, and super easy to make. Naturally, after you’ve made it once, you have a better idea of what you’re doing, and it just goes faster.

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I only had a fat quarter of each print (8 prints), so I had to use them throughout the pattern. And I love the ‘scrappy’ look, while still having cohesiveness. Look at all those pockets!!

Inside

I quite like working with zippers, and these are the easiest yet! There’s no special treatment, like adding zipper tabs (at least to these three). Just sew along the edges with your zipper foot. There are, however zipper tabs on the long, outer zipper, but they’re not too bad.
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The red dot fabric gives the binding on top a nice pop of colour.

BindingMy favourite of all the fabrics has to be the blue ‘cloud’ flowers lining the end pocket. I only have a few little scraps of this left, and a few scraps of the rest. It may not make more than a cute throw pillow, or mini quilt, but I’m waiting for the right pattern to come along for that.

BlueSo if you’re interested in making your own Sew Together Bag, the pattern can be found for purchase on craftsy right here. Or if you’re not a sewer, I’m sure I can be bribed with chocolate to make you one!😉

Return to Blogging

wow! it’s been two years since my last blog post?! i can hardly believe that…

since i intend this blog to be more crafty, i will save most of the details for my personal blog. but i will share this: about two years ago, the hubby and i became licensed foster parents. and kids came along! i have stitched and created in those two years, but never quite got to the blogging-about-it stage.

we’re still licensed foster parents, but i think i can make time for blogging again!😀

let’s do a little catch up with some projects i have in the works.

a couple of years ago, i began a quilt for my sister Annie, from fabrics that she bought me for my birthday. (I can’t remember what the fabric line was called, but i’ll look it up and update the post…) I pulled a few other fabrics to match from my stash and used this pattern to create a gorgeous quilt top. i don’t think i bought a pattern for this (being a poor college student at the time) but i definitely had inspiration from somewhere. (i’ll look for it!) at long last (maybe a year later) i finally was quilting it. long story short, i was almost done with my quilting when i looked on the underside… it was all wrong. the top tension was too loose. so i’m currently unpicking to restart the quilting from scratch. hopefully another year won’t pass before i’m done!

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i got back into some cross stitching in the past few years. this design came from an issue of Cross Stitcher magazine. it was on the cover, and i spotted it one day while browsing the online store on my iPad. it was super easy and quick with only 6 colours of floss to use. i stitched mine on some belfast linen.

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i’m nearly done with my Virtuous Woman (Proverbs 31) piece. it’s taken a while, simply because there are so many colours, and i’m starting and stopping with each colour really often. i’d love to have this done before we get too far into the autumn.

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i finished this guy just in the nick of time (no pun intended) for christmas 2014. i had him on the go for about 2-3 years. every time i got it out, the hubby would say “are you actually going to have this done by this christmas??” after that stitching session, i’d put it away, and lament that it would take so long, and i’d have trouble pulling it out again. well, last autumn, i got my crazy stitching frenzy on. i had an idea for this one. i would frame it, with a nice thick matt, and start a new tradition: whomever is in our home on christmas day, as a guest, gets to sign the matt. well, my family (momma, dad, brother from UAE, two sisters & bro-in-law from UK) were over for christmas, and they got to sign it. that was incentive enough for me to finish up!

Santa

this next one is my current knitting project. it’s a shawl i found via pinterest, called Campside. i have a few friends and acquaintances around me that knit beautiful shawls, and i had never knitted one before. in fact, i haven’t knitted anything that has segments like this. it’s easier than i thought. the eyelets get closer together as the shawl lengthens, and the stitches keep on increasing! i’m so excited for this one, and hope i can get it done before the cooler weather sets in.

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and just a few things from my to-do list… i’ve been wanting these books for ages, and already have a couple of projects picked out to try. the farmer’s wife quilt does look daunting to me (considering my past record with quilting….) so maybe we’ll revisit THAT in 5 years! i also have my eye on Farm Girl Vintage being in my near future.

To Do List

these all seem like a lot for me to be doing right now, but i haven’t shared in a while. i’m finally in a rhythm. in fact, i’m getting so organized, i have plans for listing things in my etsy shop. in fact, there’s a few items in there now. i can’t wait to get started with some of my other listings! keep checking back with me!

a note for my Flickr paper piecing bee…

hi there flickr friends!

thanks for stopping by to take a look at my notes for our September block. I hope it helps some of you understand what i’d really like from you! I promise i’m not high maintenance…😉

so I’ve decided to go with this block I happened across on Pinterest.

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isn’t it cute?! anyway, I had a little tester with the downloadable paper pattern, and it wasn’t exactly impressive. I have two problems:

#1 – I totally clashed fabrics so you can’t see the hexagon, but it’s what I had to work with! I probably should have made the dark fabrics form the hexagon rather than the star. but I learned a lesson!

#2 – the star I made came out kinda elongated.

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so, i’m going to redraw the paper pattern so that it all comes out equal. don’t use the printable one: i’ll have to snail mail it to you all with the fabrics. i don’t have OCD at all…. :S

i’ll slip a little note in with the fabrics, too, but i’ll tell ya now anyway. I’ve stacked the fabrics so that the top 3 squares will be used as the inner star. i had to be strategic with the fabric colors so i wouldn’t get clashes like i did above. I just cut the squares right down the middle to make 2.5″x5″ rectangles to start off with. the next 3 squares in the stack should be used as the triangle pieces that make up the hexagon shape. each 5″ square can be cut into four. I cut it squarely into four 2.5″ squares, but right as I’m typing, I just had an epiphany: I bet it’ll be easier to piece if you cut on the diagonal instead to make four triangles. I might try that and see! i had a little difficulty fitting the whole triangle base in there. sometimes i was a little off and got a notch at the very ends…

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it was small enough to fit inside the seam allowance though, so i didn’t mind. finally there are two long strips – one is 1″ wide to be used for the star outline pieces and the other is about 6″ wide for the outer block background.

now a quick note about switching out fabrics.

i learned my lesson from the last bee block group i was in. i had A LOT of mess ups.😦 And the fabric i chose to go with was all of the same line and a little pricey.😦 i still haven’t fixed/replaced all the blocks yet! anyway, although all the fabrics here are of the same collection, ultimately, i’m okay with you switching out fabrics with some from your own stash. in fact, i might really appreciate you doing so to achieve the contrast look i was hoping for. i seemed to have an abundance of lighter background fabrics and not so many black/dark greys/reds. SO… if you have fabrics from this line, or any that are black/dark grey/red – very close to these shades, and you feel the fabrics i sent you might not turn out so contrasty, by all means, feel free to switch em out! also, if you make a horrible mistake somewhere and can’t rescue it, i’m okay with substitutions – as long as they remain in this color scheme.

if you have any questions, please let me know via flickr – i’ll keep a check on it there.

i can’t wait to see how these turn out!

union flag pillow

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yesterday, the hubby and I said goodbye to our first couple of foster kids. we had them for about six weeks, and had grown comfortable to them in our home. but we weren’t so attached that we’re traumatized… they were really sweet, cute kids.

anyway, since today was unstructured for me, I decided to bring out the british fabrics i’d been hoarding for a while now and play around with them. of course, they worked themselves into a union flag. and why not form a pillow?

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it’s going to be a lovely surprise gift for someone special. I can’t wait til they get it!

I’ve got a bit more of this fabric left and am contemplating making another pillow, or something else entirely.

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definitely liking the flag thing though. i’d love to have a flag pillow for each country I’ve been to. then again, they’d be so numerous, there’d be pillows all over my house! maybe a quilt…